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Gov. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., has signed an executive order creating a second phase of the Renewable Energy Transmission Access Advisory Committee (RETAAC) to further the committee's first efforts of identifying transmission corridors necessary for renewable energy development in Nevada.

The committee is charged with determining power potential for renewable energy zones designated by the first phase, reviewing environmental, land use and permitting constraints, identifying potential construction corridors that could avoid these constraints and reviewing potential revenue needs for construction, among other duties.

"Today more than ever, I strongly believe that the key to developing our renewable energy resources is making sure that we have the necessary infrastructure in place to bring in companies that will be our partners in developing our clean energy resources while freeing Nevada of its dependence on imported energy," says Gibbons. "A few months ago, the first RETAAC committee made a recommendation to initiate Phase II to define the environmental and physical feasibility issues, costs and potential financing mechanisms associated with the recommended 14 transmission routes. This committee will implement this recommendation."

The 19 committee members appointed by Gibbons include representation from the key interest groups that will work together to further the development. Phase II is charged with finalizing its report and making recommendations to the governor by July 31, 2009.

SOURCE: Office of Gov. Jim Gibbons


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